Chagrin Falls, OH asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: In Ohio with my parent's permission is it possible for me to move into an apartment at 16 & have my dad sign the lease?

Basically with the situation I am now has made me start to look at apartments. When I get my car, I would like to move into an apartment by myself and have my father or mother sign the lease. Is it possible for me to do so legally?

1 Lawyer Answer
Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters
  • Worthington, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: The landlord will likely want a parent as a guarantor on the lease. Because you're a minor, you cannot legally enter into binding contracts, and without a parent/adult also on the lease as the responsible party, a landlord is unlikely to rent to a minor. A landlord may also be hesitant to allow a minor to live in a home unattended.

It's not impossible, but it may be difficult.

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